Sunday, August 11, 2013

Remembering Barry Riopelle

Barry in his racing days.

In his bicycle shop

One of the many custom bicycles Barry designed, brazed together, and built up.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Something Different

Barry dropped by your webmaster's house the other day with this fun vehicle. It's an inexpensive cruiser with a 49cc, 2-stroke bolt on engine. These kits come complete with a twist throttle and a hand clutch, and they're a load of fun to ride.  There are also packages available that use a bottom bracket freewheel and jackshaft to direct power through the chainwheel, allowing the rider to take advantage of all the gearing available on the bike. Keep watching this space for details.

Monday, October 11, 2010

1972 Honda CL350

One of the most distinctively American motorcycle designs in the "scrambler"- a street bike with off-road features, usually elevated exhaust pipe and wide, elevated handlebars. Honda's contribution to this fad was its CL series of the 60s and 70s- bikes more or less identical to CB-series bikes with the aforementioned cosmetic changes.

The CL350 was reportedly the least popular of the 350s of that era (it was built from 1968 through 1974)  but not because it wasn't a solid, dependable bike. With a typically reliable Honda parallel twin producing a claimed 36HP, it was a fun bike with plenty of power. But while 350s were popular "big bikes" during much of the 50s and 60s, 1969 brought the CB750, which changed the rules of the game. The 350s were never as popular after that.

This particular '72 CL350 (in Candy Panther Gold) is currently getting a thorough tuneup and detailing job in Barry's garage.